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Neither warmongers nor wimps
Sep 20, 2014

Neither warmongers nor wimps

Driven by the dramatic events in the Ukraine, a far-reaching process has started, in Germany and in other European countries. For this time, the European Union is on the right path.

Neo-protectionism in West India, China may face problems
Nov 11, 2010

Neo-protectionism in West India, China may face problems

Agriculture is one area in which the US wants a level-playing field. As the world is recovering from the financial crisis, new rules are being set for the benefit of those who have not done well. India and China have to watch out against the neo-protectionist policies of the West.

NEP 2020: Vocational education needs structural changes in the labour market
Aug 08, 2020

NEP 2020: Vocational education needs structural changes in the labour market

In a free market economy like India, albeit with some socialist characteristics, education is largely seen as an investment for economic growth, espec

Nepal -- When you cannot get it right
Jun 07, 2012

Nepal -- When you cannot get it right

Nepal's political vacuum in these times is doubly dangerous as it leaves the field open to inroads by various interests. A weak administration gives a free run to the Maoist cadres to operate on both sides of the India Nepal border that also weakens the counter insurgency grid.

Nepal again in political crisis
Aug 19, 2011

Nepal again in political crisis

As the largest party in the Nepal Constituent Assembly, it is the responsibility of the Maoist party to furnish a clear roadmap for the peace process, acceptable to all the political players. And much of the onus lies on Prachanda.

Nepal Ambassador seeks India's help in structuring democracy
Oct 04, 2015

Nepal Ambassador seeks India's help in structuring democracy

Speaking about the domestic challenges that Nepal has been facing on the path towards drafting a new constitution, Nepal's Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay sought India's support in helping Nepal structure its democracy.

Nepal at a critical juncture
May 16, 2008

Nepal at a critical juncture

Several immediate challenges confront Nepal after the recent Constitutional Assembly elections and yet there are positive signs of Nepal emerging as a vibrant republic. This was the general consensus at a round-table discussion on "Emerging Political Situation in Nepal and Policy Options for India" organised by Observer Research Foundation on May 16, 2008.

Nepal at a political stand-still?
Jun 19, 2010

Nepal at a political stand-still?

Nepal, one of the youngest republics in the world, is in the midst of a political chaos and uncertainty these days. The chaotic uncertainty is primarily due to the lack of political will to build a consensus on some of the contentious issues plaguing the nation.

Nepal Challenge
Apr 28, 2015

Nepal Challenge

New Delhi did well to respond decisively when tragedy struck Nepal. While the media and cameras, which have now flooded Kathmandu, will soon leave Nepal, the world's attention will turn to the next crisis. But India must stick around for the long haul.

Nepal earthquake: Women's special role in disaster management
Apr 28, 2015

Nepal earthquake: Women's special role in disaster management

The quick succession of large-scale natural calamities has highlighted the shortcomings in our disaster management and rehabilitation strategies at the national and state levels. Quite often, women's role and potential in disaster management and disaster risk reduction is overlooked.

Nepal treaty
Aug 06, 2014

Nepal treaty

As Delhi waits for specific proposals from Kathmandu, it on its own must imagine and debate the contours of a new strategic partnership agreement with Nepal that is rooted in the principle of sovereign equality and deepens security and economic cooperation between the two countries on a pragmatic basis.

Nepal upset India did not wholeheartedly support new Constitution
Oct 14, 2015

Nepal upset India did not wholeheartedly support new Constitution

Nepal is upset that India did not whole-heartedly support the adoption of the new Constitution by the Constituent Assembly, according to Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire, Consul General of Nepal in Kolkata.

Nepal's democratic hopes, and Indian and Chinese interests
Nov 07, 2013

Nepal's democratic hopes, and Indian and Chinese interests

While the Chinese have kept us embroiled with their visa tactics in Arunachal, intrusions in Ladakh as part of an unsettled boundary issue, and nuclear plants to Pakistan, they have long endeavoured to seek access and presence south of the Himalayas. They appear to be succeeding in Nepal.

Nepal's Evolving Relations with India and China
Feb 23, 2011

Nepal's Evolving Relations with India and China

We are not in an easy situation in Nepal. The country is in a kind of turmoil. It is like a frozen ice cube that is melting and we do not know how we should refreeze it into the shape we want. The country has lots of energy and is ready with a new agenda for social change and progress. But how do we give it direction so that the sense of nationhood that is strongly taking root is reflected in the new constitution now being drafted by the Constit

Nepal's sluggish economic growth: Causes and cure
Mar 01, 2012

Nepal's sluggish economic growth: Causes and cure

Going by the latest economic status of the countries of the world, it looks like Nepal is joining the league of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a per capita income of $490.

Nepal's tieup with Chinese corporation: Treading a dangerous road
Mar 26, 2012

Nepal's tieup with Chinese corporation: Treading a dangerous road

In a surprising move that could have a far-reaching consequence on foreign policy, Nepal has entered into an agreement with Three Gorges Corporation (TGC) of China for the construction of the 750 MW West Seti Hydro Electricity Project.

Nepal:  Media rights violations and impunity
Feb 01, 2013

Nepal: Media rights violations and impunity

There has been an overall decline in the freedom of press and right to information in Nepal. Although the political actors have long upheld the peoples' right to information, media is faced with harsh situations on ground with political party cadres, especially the Maoists, resorting to violence and other intimidation tactics against the journalists to suppress free press.

Nepal: A delicate balance
Nov 25, 2011

Nepal: A delicate balance

In Nepal, since the signing of the seven-point agreement on November 1, two significant developments have taken shape. First, the integration process of former Maoist combatants has begun in all seven cantonments despite strong reservations.

Nepal: A hub for transnational gold smuggling?
Aug 21, 2023

Nepal: A hub for transnational gold smuggling?

Gold smuggling in Nepal exposes the nexus between smugglers, officials, and politicians.

Nepal: Aftermath of April 25 earthquake
May 29, 2015

Nepal: Aftermath of April 25 earthquake

Nepal is still grieving the loss of life and property caused by the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. The epicentre of the devastating earthquake, measuring 7.9 on Richter scale, was Lamjung, around 77 km northwest of Kathmandu.

Nepal: An uncertain future
Sep 19, 2014

Nepal: An uncertain future

It is almost a year since fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly in Nepal took place for the formation of a new government and the writing of a new constitution that would, as was expected then, be a breath of fresh air for a country long engulfed in political and social unrest -- and political and constitutional instability afterward.

Nepal: And the race begins...
Sep 28, 2012

Nepal: And the race begins...

In Nepal, another fierce battle for the top executive post has begun, putting the much important issue of Constitution-drafting in the back burner. As usual, the federalism debate has evaporated from the mainstream,

Nepal: Another election for a new Constitution
May 28, 2012

Nepal: Another election for a new Constitution

In Nepal, with the dissolution of Constituent Assembly and legislature parliament, the Baburam Bhattarai government will continue under caretaker status. But a political confrontation is unavoidable in days ahead given the deep divisions among and within the political parties of Nepal.

Nepal: Back to turmoil
May 25, 2012

Nepal: Back to turmoil

With all political options shrinking before the nation's leaders, Nepal has landed in a political mess like never before in its recent history.

Nepal: Bhattarai could mend fences
Oct 14, 2011

Nepal: Bhattarai could mend fences

Nepal's Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai will make an important visit to New Delhi starting October 20. Given the strain in relationship between his own party, the UCPN (Maoist), and India on multiple issues during the tenure of his party President Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda as the premier.

Nepal: Celebrating the bonhomie with China
Aug 07, 2015

Nepal: Celebrating the bonhomie with China

Nepal and China celebrated 1 August as the anniversary day of 60 years of establishment of their diplomatic relations. President Ram Baran Yadav and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 60th anniversary.

Nepal: Dangerous drift
Aug 24, 2005

Nepal: Dangerous drift

A recent study published in an American journal places Nepal at the 37th place in a list of 60 prospective failing states all over the world. The study must have been conducted a few months earlier. Today, Nepal must have moved up in the list.

Nepal: Generate consensus, hold polls, says Delhi
Aug 09, 2013

Nepal: Generate consensus, hold polls, says Delhi

India has been unequivocally telling all the senior leaders of Nepal who visited New Delhi since April this year that they should work together for the long-term peace, stability and development of the country.

Nepal: Hard choices for Prachanda
Mar 19, 2012

Nepal: Hard choices for Prachanda

The United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which heads the present coalition government, is currently faced with the most severe intra-party differences over key issues of national concern.

Nepal: India advocates consensus during President's visit
Dec 28, 2012

Nepal: India advocates consensus during President's visit

Nepal President Dr Ram Baran Yadav's India visit last week helped to bring some clarity on New Delhi's current position vis-a-vis the political developments in Nepal. Although the visit came at the height of political tensions back home,

Nepal: India should keep hard options in reserve
Jun 01, 2006

Nepal: India should keep hard options in reserve

The Nepalese revolution is only the latest manifestation of the power of the people in compelling dictatorial forces to yield. In February 1986, the Philippine people had brought down a dictatorship and restored democracy in their dramatic four-day People Power Revolution.

Nepal: India's sensitivity to connectivity with China
Mar 30, 2015

Nepal: India's sensitivity to connectivity with China

Nepal and China have agreed in principle to take up a joint project on infrastructure development of the Nepal-China Economic Belt. The decision was taken at the Foreign Ministers' level meeting held in Beijing recently to commemorate the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two neighbours.

Nepal: It's elections on November 19
Oct 11, 2013

Nepal: It's elections on November 19

Nepal will hold elections to the second constituent assembly (CA) on November 19, 2013. The first CA polls were held in 2008. The major political parties, currently represented in the High Level Political Committee (HLPC),

Nepal: Maoists plenum fails to resolve differences over future strategy
Dec 10, 2010

Nepal: Maoists plenum fails to resolve differences over future strategy

The United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN-M or the Maoists), the single largest party in Nepal's Constituent Assembly, held its much-awaited sixth plenum at Palungtar in Gorkha district on November 21.

Nepal: Mountaineering tourism, 60 years after Everest conquest
Jun 07, 2013

Nepal: Mountaineering tourism, 60 years after Everest conquest

Ever since Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa-colleague, Tensing Norgay, set their foot on the summit of Mt. Everest 60 years ago, the desire of the alpinists the world over to scale the world's highest peak has grown vigorously.

Nepal: Mounting pressure on Tibetan refugees
Jul 08, 2011

Nepal: Mounting pressure on Tibetan refugees

As China exerts greater pressure on the Communists-led Government in Nepal to curb all anti-Chinese activities emanating from its soil, those Tibetan refugees wanting to transit Nepal or seeking refugee status are having rough days ahead.

Nepal: Murky road to polls
Feb 22, 2013

Nepal: Murky road to polls

As Nepal sees rising tensions on the political front, New Delhi cannot design temporary solutions which can hardly bring lasting peace in the country.

Nepal: Options shrink, political crisis deepens
Jul 10, 2012

Nepal: Options shrink, political crisis deepens

The road ahead in Nepal's fragile political landscape is becoming much bleaker with increasing power tussle. While Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai is insisting that he will hand over power only to an elected government.

Nepal: Peace at Peril ?
Jan 23, 2004

Nepal: Peace at Peril ?

Amid all political and economic impasses Nepal¿s incumbent Government under Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa, announced ¿amnesty¿ to the Maoist insurgents on December 18, 2003 and called them to surrender along with their weapons, relatives and friends before February 12, 2004.

Nepal: Peace process back on track
Apr 16, 2012

Nepal: Peace process back on track

After a long spell of mistrust among political actors, the peace process in Nepal has returned to a constructive and progressive stage. This week the Maoist-led government of Dr Baburam Bhattarai ordered the Nepal Army and the Armed Police Force to take total charge of Maoist cantonments, the former fighters and their weapons.

Nepal: Power sharing issues with India
May 16, 2014

Nepal: Power sharing issues with India

Among the many areas of cooperation and assistance between India and Nepal, a very important one is that of power. Nepal has a huge potential for generating hydropower but is constrained due to the lack of supporting infrastructure as well as its geography.

Nepal: Preparing for CA polls
Nov 08, 2013

Nepal: Preparing for CA polls

As Nepal is set to go to polls on 19 November, the political scenario in the country is turning increasingly foggy. Technically, the people of Nepal should be looking forward to the polls and the prospect of a new Constitution.

Nepal: Remote possibility for June 21 CA polls
Apr 05, 2013

Nepal: Remote possibility for June 21 CA polls

It is almost certain now that the proposed Constituent Assembly (CA) election in Nepal, slated for June 21, is a remote possibility, given the lack of cooperation from the opposition forces to the Interim Election Council headed by Chief Justice Khil Raj Rehmi and the delay caused in finalising election-related processes.

Nepal: Terrorist arrests and cooperation with India
Sep 06, 2013

Nepal: Terrorist arrests and cooperation with India

The recent arrests of some of India's top terrorists along the Indo-Nepal border indicate the vulnerability of the porous border between the two neighbours. More importantly, it reflects on the bilateral cooperation in intelligence-sharing and joint-operations,

Nepal: The big fight!
Jul 27, 2012

Nepal: The big fight!

The tussle for supremacy and one-showmanship between Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Prime Minister Babauram Bhattarai is indicative of the internal weakness of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

Nepal: Trade ties with India recharged
Jan 10, 2014

Nepal: Trade ties with India recharged

The year 2013 ended on a note of strengthened confidence between Nepal and India. On 21-22 December 2013, the Inter-governmental Committee Meeting on Trade, Transit and Cooperation to Control Authorised Trade, between the two countries was held in Kathmandu.

Nepal: What BIMSTEC Summit means for the country
Mar 14, 2014

Nepal: What BIMSTEC Summit means for the country

The south Asian region has been a region of disjointed congruity for decades. Efforts at integrating the countries that make up the region have been in place through a variety of mechanisms such as diplomatic efforts, regional and sub-regional organisations.